History and Philosophy of Physical Education and Sport (Paperback)
History and Philosophy of Physical Education and Sport traces the essentials of the history and the philosophical underpinnings of kinesiology to provide students with foundational knowledge within the discipline. The text covers prehistoric physical activity through 21st century sports and physical education, as well as ethics, epistemology, and aesthetics. It prepares students for further study within the discipline and encourages them to consider their place in the history of sport and physical education.
The text begins with an explanation of the rationale for studying the history and philosophy of physical education and sport. Later chapters progress chronologically, charting the evolution of sport and physical education from prehistoric times through modern day. Students learn about sport in ancient Greece and Rome, non-Western physical education and sport, sport in Colonial America, international sport, and dance as a critical component of sport. Dedicated chapters cover philosophical approaches to sport, invite students to reflect on their own philosophy, and present key issues for further research and discussion.
An inclusive and approachable introduction, History and Philosophy of Physical Education and Sport is a valuable resource for courses in kinesiology, sports studies, and physical education.
Nancy Kane teaches kinesiology at the State University of New York, College at Cortland. She is a past president of the National Dance Association and editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed National Dance Society Journal. Kane is a member of the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport and the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport. She has taught kinesiology, dance, stage combat, movement analysis, and theater classes for more than 30 years, and holds advanced degrees in dance and exercise science. Through her international research, she explores connections between history, philosophy, performing arts, and comprehensive physical activity.